Cycle 21 | Episode 3 | “The Girl Who’s a Player” | Aired Sep 1, 2014
It’s a week of firsts on America’s Next Top Model: Our 14 remaining contestants move into the house, the photo shoot doubles as a behind-the-scenes look at the wet ‘n’ wild main credits, and Tyra Banks awards the cycle’s first “10.” And, as producers brainstorm what they haven’t already done in the previous 20 cycles, the models walk down a shimmering, rainbow-colored runway wearing nothing but Silly String—likely a fashion first.
Alexis Borges, director of talent agency Next Model Management, joins Miss J for a catwalk critique. Since the models will be stripped down, save for bits of festive foam, he encourages strength and confidence—something Will’s having a hard time mustering. He’s intimidated by his brawnier competitors and says finding confidence has been the hardest part of the competition for him.
Borges and Miss J crown Tyson Beckford look-alike Keith “Mr. Crowd Pleaser” and the challenge winner. His prize? Spending his first night in the house’s “Tyra Suite.”
What’s the “Tyra Suite”? Walls painted brilliant Crayola-yellow, black-and-white furniture, Tyra photos plastered corner-to-corner and stenciled words of model wisdom like, “Beauty is in the smize of the beholder.”
After all the snuggling happening, I sincerely hope Tyra has got a first-class cleaning crew to take care of her eponymous suite, which will rotate among each week’s winners. Keith and Kari (my favorite reality-show couple not having sex since Kris and Bruce Jenner) share the suite, but she lays down some ground rules: “I’m not messing around with you. I’m not ******* you. But I will cuddle with you.”
Elsewhere, Matthew and Mirjana also spoon, but the fairy tale is shattered mere hours later. First, Mirjana admits she has a boyfriend back home, and then, during a heated, post–photo shoot yelling match, he suggests she stop telling everyone to go home, and she recommends he get the f*** out of the house.
The house also boasts a challenge board with the models’ recent scores. Adam remains upbeat about hitting bottom—crying won’t help, might as well play beer pong!—but Ivy freaks out, unable to enjoy her first night in the house.
TYRA MAIL! Tonight’s message reads “H2OMG!” Translation: Photographer Erik Asla, with Yu Tsai returning as creative consultant, will drench the models for this watery black-and-white photo shoot, which will also serve as the show’s opening credits.
Thanks to #ALSIceBucketChallenge, we all know it’s hard not to squint, sputter and stumble around when someone dumps water on your head, but some pull it off better than others.
Raelia looks like a scared puppy, which is explained when she later reveals she nearly drowned as a child. Last week’s winner, Chantelle, bombs. And Will struggles, his self-confidence issues surfacing again.
At the cycle’s first elimination, Tyra reintroduces Kelly Cutrone and Miss J’s hair, which will represent a different age in time each week. (See paragraph one of this article about stretching to change things up. We’re hoping rumors about the Fonz and Cousin Oliver appearing as judges later this cycle are just Internet gossip.)
Refresher on how panel works: Judges’ scores + challenge score + social media feedback = winners and not-winners. Just like last season, all eliminated models will get to keep smizing if social media fans say so.
- Mirjana calls out Matthew, but he refrains from firing back.
- The judges suggest Mirjana keep her mouth shut—in photos (or risk looking too sexy).
impliescomes right out and says she hears Keith is well-endowed, references his “manaconda”; he earns Tyra’s first (and only) “10” this week.
- The judges warn Shei she’s looking trashy, not high fashion.
- Kelly is disappointed in Chantelle, says her photo looks like water torture.
- Tyra calls Will “a hot mess” on set; Kelly awards him a “5,” the week’s lowest score.
Who’ll sleep soundly in the Tyra Suite? Keith is the big winner this week, and though Will barely squeaks by, Ivy is the first to return to the house and pack her bags.
Best to Worst, In Order
It’s worth noting that Romeo is batting a thousand in witchcraft (sorry for the sports reference, fashionistas). He cast a hex on two-time competitor Danny, who was sent home last week, and this week he put a spell on Ivy, claiming she was his biggest competition.
Next Week: MAKEOVERS! Plus, we’ll find out who Romeo sets his sorcery sights on next, and the wet world premiere of cycle 21’s main credits.
America’s Next Top Model, rated TV-14, airs Mondays at 9/8C on The CW.